Roads and paths - OS 25K map symbols

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This is one of a series of articles which give photographs of features on the ground which have standard symbols on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, and also show the symbol. See OS 25K map symbolsExternal link for introduction to the series, and links to other articles in it. Ordnance Survey have told us that although the symbols are copyright they allow them to be copied without charge or specific licence.

Click on a photo thumbnail to see a page with a larger photo, and other photo details. The photo page also has a section of the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map; click on that map to see an Ordnance Survey Get-a-map section of 1:25,000 scale map.

For roads and paths there are only minor differences between symbols on 25K and 50 K maps. See Road and path symbols on 50K mapsExternal link for our examples of the latter.
DescriptionSymbolPhotoNotes
Motorway OS25K Roads - motorwaySP3982 : M6 motorway beyond junction 2 by J WhatleyMotorway numbers M6 and M69 are also on this section of map, see Map linkExternal link
Motorway services OS25K Roads - motorway servicesSE3014 : Woolley Edge Services, Southbound M1 by Mark AndersonThe name of the service area is shown in blue lettering Map linkExternal link.
Motorway junction number OS25K Roads - motorway junction numberSD9814 : M62 Junction 22 by David DixonMap linkExternal link
Toll road junction number OS25K Roads - toll road service numberSJ9908 : Toll Road Exit T7 by John HolmesMap linkExternal link. Symbol shown on OS 25K extra symbols pageExternal link but is used on 50K map as well.
Dual carriageway OS25K Roads - dual carriagewayTQ2081 : Western Avenue at Gipsy Corner by David HawgoodCentral division may be shown by dots, dashes, or a continuous line. On this section going North-West all three are shown on the map, although the central division is a fence on the whole section. See Map linkExternal link
Main (A) road OS25K Roads - main (A) roadTF3902 : A141 at Ring's End by Peter WhatleyRoad numbers are on this section of map Map linkExternal link
Services on main road OS25K Roads - services on A roadTL3565 : Cambridge Extra  services by Steve  FarehamMap linkExternal link
Secondary (B) road OS25K Roads - secondary (B) roadST6151 : 2010 : B3139 near Emborough by Maurice PullinMap linkExternal link
Narrow road with passing places OS25K Roads - narrow with passing placesNR4467 : Passing place by Alan GerrardMap linkExternal link
Road under construction OS25K Road under constructionSK7549 : Working on the new road by Alan Murray-Rust Os25K Road under construction - map As the map will in due course be updated to show the finished road, here is a screen grab from Ordnance Survey Map at April 2010. Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Map serviceExternal link. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance SurveyExternal link.
Road generally more than 4m wide OS25K Road over 4m wideTR3246 : Crossroads to Waldershare Lane across Sutton Road by Nick SmithMap linkExternal link shows a road over 4m wide (brown) crossing a road under 4m wide (yellow).
Road generally less than 4m wide OS25K Road under 4m wideSee photo above
Other road,drive or track - fenced - unfenced OS25K Road fenced/unfencedNS3742 : Farm Entrance by Gordon Dowie TR1254 : Upper Horton Farm farm road by David AnstissUpper photo fenced Map linkExternal link, lower photo unfenced Map linkExternal link. Dashed line showing there is no fence can be one or both sides of road, and can be on A, B, or unclassified public roads.
Gradient steeper than 20% (1 in 5) OS25K Road steeper than 20%ST1437 : Crowcombe Combe looking SW ; steep road from Crowcombe by Martin Southwood Map linkExternal link
Gradient between 14% and 20% (1 in 5 to 1 in 7) OS25K Road gradient 14-20%SH7821 : Snowdonia: the road gets steeper by john shortlandMap linkExternal link
Ferry OS25K Roads - ferrySZ0387 : Chain ferry, Sandbanks by Gareth James NS5168 : Silvers Marine - The new Renfrew Ferry as of April 2010. by Vic NelsonThe upper photo is a vehicle ferry, just shown with word "Ferry" on 25K map Map linkExternal link. The lower photo is a passenger ferry shown as "Ferry P" Map linkExternal link.
Path OS25K Roads - pathNN5053 : Path, skirting Leagag by Callum Black NH8513 : Old track on Geal-charn Beag by Dorothy CarseThe path in the upper photo is shown on the 25K map by a dashed line Map linkExternal link, that in the lower photo by a dotted line Map linkExternal link (on 25K path only goes part way across the grid square, on 50K it continues across).


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